The dawn of uLearning:
Near-future directions for 21st century Educators.- Jonathan Nalder
The 21st century is different to the 20th, in part because of the effects of the DigitalRevolution and subsequent developments in mobile, wireless and networked technologies.Mobile phones and more advanced Smartphones now outsell desktop PCs and have becomeessential communication devices, especially for young people, many of whom use them astheir primary way of accessing the Internet. When combined with current and near-futuredirections in technology such as the miniaturisation of computing processors, the spread of wireless technology, and the beginnings of computing delivered as a service over the Internet,these developments can be seen as leading to an era of Ubiquitous Computing. Education,which normally would be expected to be preparing students to thrive in this period, has beenslow to adapt to these changes. When integrated into learning however, the opportunitieswhich connected, always-on technologies present for facilitating rich learning experiences can be described as providing a uLearning, or ubiquitous learning environment. Guided by the principles of the new learning paradigm of Connectivism, this combination of advancingcomputing capabilities and new theoretical thinking present numerous ways that Educationcan adapt. Educators can become designers of learning, and allow students to become active,collaborative participants in knowledge making. Administrators can implement mobile,wireless and Cloud Computing-based options to potentially replace todays classrooms. Inthese and other ways, 21st century education
begin to more fully represent 21st centuryreality.
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